Assembly polls: Top leaders strategically not part of the big picture, says Congress

Jaipur: When top leaders are fielded in elections, they more often than not get restricted to their individual constituencies and are unable to campaign across the whole state. That tends to yield negative results for the party and this is why the Congress claims not to have fielded senior party leaders in the upcoming Rajasthan polls.

This factor was highlighted by Congress spokesperson and former Union minister Abhishek Manu Singhvi in an interview with Dainik Bhaskar in the state capital on Sunday.

Singhvi, who was in Jaipur to campaign for the party in the poll-bound state, was asked why leaders such as Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh, or Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan are not part of the poll picture. Here’s what he had to say.

‘CM will be chosen after polls’

Gehlot and Pilot

“Apart from exceptional cases, the Congress chooses its chief minister only after the elections. Hence, it is not mandatory for us to nominate probable chief ministerial candidates in the polls,” Singhvi sated.

He also stressed that there is no factionalism in the Congress. “Gehlot and Pilot are working in tandem,  There has been no news of any dispute between them,” he said.

Rather, the Congress spokesperson alleged that it is the BJP which is divided and lacking in unity. “Just tell me why does the Rajasthan chief minister not go to those places where the BJP national president campaigns at?” he asked.

(Story by Prem Pratap Singh)